What is health?

What is health to you? Have you ever reflected on that? The real meaning of the term health. Is it to feel good? But what is it to feel good? Is it that the physical body works and doesn't hurt? Is it a strong mind? Is it to be able to take a run or to eat nutritious food? What health is depends entirely on who you ask. Is it even possible to define health? It is possible, but difficult. The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined health as follows: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not just the absence of disease or weakness". This means that we can experience a feeling of health even though we suffer from illness. Isn´t that quite amazing?!

 

A professor of medical sociology named Aaron Antonovsky studied Jewish women who survived concentration camps. He thought about how some individuals could stay mentally healthy and how they could have such a strong resistance to stress despite those terrible conditions. What he came up with in his studies was: ... Sense of context. Having a social network. That was the key. Dizzying if you ask me. I was totally blown away by this, when I first started to understand the width of it.

 

That we in our corner of the world live in a society that is requested to consume in absurdum, gives us all a certain power and possibility to influence. If we make conscious choices when we shop, we actually have an opportunity to contribute to global public health. If we spend some time looking, we would find a lot of companies that share, that work both for themselves and for others. Loelle is one of these genuine companies.

 

Loelle manufactures products that are adapted and developed to contribute to the well-being on the individual level. Only by running the company in Sweden and creating favorable conditions for its employees, they also contribute to health at the societal level. Right?

 

And if we take it one step further, we will also contribute to global health by purchasing Loelles products where, for example, some of the raw materials come from women's cooperatives in Morocco and Ghana. These collaborations create a secure future and contributes to these women gaining financial security, but also ... I think you understand where I´m heading ... they get a sense of context, social networks and meaningful activities in daily life. Some of the most important things to promote health. So cool ... So important and so magnificent. What conclusion can we draw from this? Well, by consciously consuming and choosing companies that base their framework on knowledge, care and well-thought-out decisions, we can in the seemingly small purchase contribute to something that is bigger than we can imagine. I ask the question again. What is health to you?

/ Erika Skäre

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